Hastings, Nebraska resident, Darrel W. Lloyd, 85, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his home.

Celebration of Life is 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15, at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings with Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett officiating. Private family interment will be held at a later date. There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorials may be given to The Darrel Lloyd Minority Student Scholarship Fund at Hastings College or First Presbyterian Church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Darrel was born December 14, 1933, in Maywood, Nebraska, to Keith and Wilma (Sloan) Lloyd. He married Roberta Case in Kearney on August 29, 1954. Darrel graduated from North Platte High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Kearney State College. Also an athlete, Darrel was an all-state basketball player and all-state legion baseball pitcher in high school. At Kearney State, Darrel played four years of basketball, two years as the leading scorer and was a conference high jump champion two times. After college, he played two years of professional baseball in the Dodgers’ minor league system. He later coached high school basketball and refereed basketball games for many years.

He taught in Arnold and Gothenburg, then for three years as head of the English department at Hastings Public Schools. Darrel received a Master of Arts degree at the University of Wyoming, then completed additional graduate work at the University of Arkansas, the University of Wisconsin and at the Humanities Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

Darrel had a 36-year career at Hastings College as a professor of English and was chair of the English department for seven years. During Darrel’s distinguished tenure, he received the Alpha Chi Outstanding Faculty Award three times, was selected four times to present an Invited Faculty Lecture and served four times as president of the faculty senate. He was chosen for the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, and upon retirement in 2000, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Literature degree. In 2005, Darrel was inducted into the Pro Rege Society for his extraordinary service and commitment to Hastings College.

A scholar of Irish literature, Darrel’s teaching specialties included 19th and 20th century British literature, the literature of American minorities and novels of Charles Dickens. A writer, Darrel’s short stories, poems, and essays have been published in numerous journals and periodicals, and his plays have been performed at Hastings College. Darrel was president of the Nebraska Council of Teachers of English and the Nebraska Humanities Council. He served on the boards of the Nebraska Humanities Foundation and the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial.

Darrel and his wife, Roberta, have traveled extensively all over the world and led study tours overseas, particularly in Ireland and Great Britain. The couple celebrated 65 years of marriage this year.

Survivors include wife, Roberta F. Lloyd of Hastings; daughter and son-in-law, Jeni and George Howard of Hastings; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Lloyd of Omaha, and Richard and Monica Lloyd of Lincoln; grandchildren, Steve and Michelle Howard of Blaine, Minnesota, Ella, Marion and George, Katie and Chris Moran of Brookline, Massachusetts, Matt Lloyd of Hastings, McKenzie, Meggan Lloyd of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Zach Lloyd of Brooklyn, New York.


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